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CLIFFORD B. MITCHELL, born July 20, 1927, has been with the firm since 1953. Undergraduate degree at Humboldt State College and Stanford University (A.B., 1950). Graduated from Stanford Law School (J.D., 1953). During law school, served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review. Member and past Director of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. Member of American College of Trial Lawyers, Association of Insurance Attorneys and American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate), Humboldt County Bar Association. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Professional Errors and Omission Liability; Products Liability.

NANCY K. DELANEY, born November 17, 1950, has been with the firm since 1976. Undergraduate and Masters degrees at Humboldt State University (A.B., 1972; M.A., 1973). Graduated from Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1976). Member of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, American Board of Trial Advocates, Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Estate Planning and Probate; Personal Injury; Insurance Defense; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense; Municipal Law; Medical malpractice.

PAUL A. BRISSO, born March 21, 1952, has been with the firm since 1979. Undergraduate degree at California State University, Humboldt (B.A., magna cum laude 1973) Attended McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific, and graduated with great distinction (J.D., 1978). Served one year as judicial attorney to Justice George N. Zenovich, California Fifth District Court of Appeal, 1978-1979. Member and current Director of Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. Member of American Board of Trial Advocates, Defense Research Institute and Association of Insurance Attorneys, Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California, Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Insurance Defense; Construction Defect; Wrongful Termination; Products Liability; Public Entity Defense; Administrative Law; Municipal Law; Real Estate; Professional Errors and Omission Defense; Contract; Commercial Litigation; Business Representation.

JOHN M. VRIEZE, born July 15, 1952, has been with the firm since 1984. Undergraduate degree at University of Miami (B.S., cum laude 1974). Masters degree at Humboldt State University (M.A., 1980). Graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 1984). Member: Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Insurance Defense; Personal Injury; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense; Professional Errors and Omission Defense; Real Estate Litigation; Commercial Litigation.

WILLIAM F. MITCHELL, born February 28, 1956, joined the firm in November 1991. Undergraduate degree at Occidental College (B.A., 1985). Graduated from Santa Clara School of Law (J.D., 1991). Member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Insurance Defense; Civil Rights Litigation; Public Entity Defense.

RUSSELL S. GANS, born August 2, 1969, joined the firm in September 1996. Undergraduate degree at Saint Mary's College of California (B.A., cum laude 1992, Honor Society Inductee and Recipient of the Henry George Award for outstanding scholarship as a history major). Graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 1996). While in law school, served as an Associate Editor (1994-1995) and as Business Editor (1995-1996) of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Recipient of Certificate of Environmental Law and Litigation. Member of the Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Civil Rights Litigation, Public Entity Defense, Commercial Litigation, Business Representation.

NICHOLAS R. KLOEPPEL, born July 30, 1970, joined the firm in June 1997. Undergraduate degree at University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1992). Graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1996). Inductee of Roger J. Traynor Honor Society for academic excellence. Recipient of Certificate of Government Affairs. Member of the Humboldt County Bar Association, State Bar of California, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Civil Rights Litigation, Public Entity Defense.

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